Political polarization in the United States hinders national progress. Consensus, painful as it is when against our respective political and policy instincts, can nonetheless yield progress and move America forward. Unyielding polarization frustrates the electorate and stifles democracy's long-term health. Fierce division pervades on issues such as government's proper role in a free society, fair tax policies, the growing divide between rich and poor and the balance of power between Wall Street and Main Street.


Nethercutt, George, and Richard Parker. "A National Call to Action on Citizenship Education." Seattle Times, May 10, 2012.